TEARS filled Marie Barnes's eyes as she returned a rehabilitated osprey to the wild, and its mate dived down from the trees above to meet it at Urangan.
The Wide Bay Animal Rescue carer found the bird tangled in fishing line last Saturday and sent it to Australia Zoo for treatment.
After its release, the osprey and its partner flew off.
Carol Bussey, of Wildlife Queensland of Fraser Coast Branch, said people needed to dispose of their rubbish properly or wildlife would suffer.
She said the osprey found tangled in fishing line was one of many animals wildlife carers fould injured in the region each year because of incorrect rubbish disposal.
"The main message we want to deliver is for people to take their fishing line with them and to use hooks that will rust away," Ms Bussey said.
She explained stainless steel hooks did not rust away.
Ms Bussey said if an animal caught itself or swallowed one of those it would likely suffer more harm.
Plastic Bag Free Queensland stats
- Plastic in the ocean kills more than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals annually
- Ingested marine debris was responsible for killing about a third of turtles found dead in Morton Bay
- Since April 2003, all retail outlets in Coles Bay, Tasmania, have banned plastic check-out shopping bags. That includes both supermarkets. Coles Bay is Australia's first plastic bag free town. In its first 12 months, the ban stopped the use of 350,000 plastic check-out bags.